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Rio Center and Washingtonian Center

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment in Gaithersburg, Maryland


Photo © Peterson Management L.C.

Rio Center and Washingtonian Center is a pedestrian-friendly shopping center and entertainment complex set on a small lake in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It is a popular place to dine, shop and stroll along the boardwalk. Visitors enjoy alfresco dining and outdoor musical entertainment during the summer months. In May 2014, a new carousel opens overlooking the lake, boasting authentic details such as Americana-style scenery, and featuring 30 Allan Herschell-style jumping horses, whimsical creatures and two chariots.

Rio, the original building, was built in the late 1980s. It is home to AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18, Sport and Health Clubs, Washington Golf Centers and a number of restaurants. Washingtonian Center was added in 1998 to expand the variety of shops and restaurants. A Courtyard by Marriott, office space and additional parking was completed in early 2007. Although they are next to each other, Washingtonian Center and RIO center are separate entities.

Washingtonian Center's Major Retail Stores

  • Target
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Kohl's
  • Ann Taylor LOFT
  • Chico's
  • Pier One Imports
  • Jos. A. Banks
  • Right Start

Washingtonian Center and Washingtonian Waterfront Restaurants

  • Joe's Crab Shack
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Redrock Canyon Grill
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works
  • Corner Bakery
  • Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe

Rio Center's Restaurants

  • Cafe Deluxe
  • Union Jacks
  • Tara Thai
  • Village Green
  • Guapos Cantina

9811 Washingtonian Boulevard
Gaithersburg, Maryland
(301) 921-4684
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Official Websites

A new neighborhood, named Crown is under construction near Washingtonian Center, just across Fields Road, and will include a variety of housing options, parks, shopping, restaurants, a grocery store, fitness club and more.

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